Sunday, February 05, 2017

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

I enjoyed reading this book because of how caring the main character is to her baby sister. Next, I like how she enjoys running, just like me. Last, I like how she doesn't know what a lot of ordinary objects are, such as candles.
Nathan, 6th grade

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

The theme of this book is to never give up. Kyle and his team never give up on their goals. I recommend this book to people who like games, especially boys 8-10 years old.
MaryAnne Y., 6th grade

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The main idea of this book is that people should be grateful for the kind of lives they have. For example, the main character, Carley, is a foster child. Her mother is in the hospital and her family is torn apart. The funny experiences she has with her best friend, Toni, are the positive elements in the book. This book would appeal to 6th graders.
Sydney M., 7th grade

Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen by Donna Gephart

Olivia knows trivia and Jeopardy is her favorite show. When she finds out she may be able to get on, she does everything she can to make her dreams come true! I recommend this book to 3rd-6th graders.
Sydney M., 7th grade

Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz

In the fifth book of the series, Alex Rider goes on a vacation to Venice, Italy, but finds an international terrorist group there named Scorpio. Once he finds out that the British Intelligence, M16, killed his own father, he gets angry and decides to join Scorpia. This book is really adventurous and exciting, but I think young kids can't read this because it has some bad language. I think 6th and 7th graders can read this.
Yohan C., 6th grade

Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey

David Rain is a college student who is a tenant at Liz and Lucy Pennykettle's home. Lis, mother of Lucy, is the maker of the famous Pennykettle clay dragons. When David moves in, he doesn't believe in dragons. But when Liz makes him a dragon and it comes to life, he starts seeing the magic and power of the mighty creatures. A mystery is started, and David must lean to truly believe in them and master the fire within. Recommended for ages 9-12
Grace L., 6th grade

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Micah's grandpa has always told him stories about Circus Mirandus, a magical circus. But now Grandpa Ephraim is sick, and keeps telling Micah to find Circus Mirandus, and that he must believe. So Micah and his friend, Jenny, set out on a journey to find the peculiar circus, and to learn of its deep past with his now-dead Grandpa Ephraim. I truly enjoyed this story and it has a place in my heart. I recommend it to readers who love happy endings.
Grace L., 6th grade

Fire Star by Chris D'Lacey

David Rain has gone on a research trip to the Arctic. When he arrives to the Arctic, he learns the legend of the bears, and the mysterious item they hold. He begins writing about it, but he soon realizes his story is mirroring real life, leading him on a quest for the item. He races for the Tooth of Ragmar. David must put his life into the task, even if it means dying, for he knows an enemy is on the way. Will he save his world, or will the world he knows be destroyed? Recommended for ages 9-12
Grace L., 6th grade

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

I recommend Brown Girl Dreaming because is is a story that represents the meaning of love, pride, ans standing up for what you think is right. Brown Girl Dreaming is about the author, Jacqueline Woodson, and how she faced a childhood filled with prejudice for people who are a different color.
Grace L., 6th grade

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

The theme of the book is how tough situations can make you stronger. The main character, Katie, goes through hard situations. Her sister betrays her to be with boys. She has no friends, is pressured about her grades, and then her beloved sister dies. The negatives of this book are when someone is misunderstood or made fun of. The positives are when Katie learns very important things in life. I would recommend this book to 5th graders and older readers.
Kelly M., 6th grade

Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The theme of this book is basketball and brotherhood. It's also about how winning isn't everything. The main character, Joshua, has a twin brother, Jordan. They both love basketball. Their lives are great, until this girl shows up. Soon, their dad gets ill and dies. Joshua learns that winning isn't everything. The negative parts of this book are when people gossip. The positives are forgiveness and love. I would recommend this to free-verse poetry overs in grades 3 and up.
Kelly M., 6th grade

Jake & Lily by Jerry Spinellli

Jake and Lily are twins. Lily feels dumped, because her brother, Jake, rides his bike with boys Lily hates. Then, something heart-breaking happens to Lily.
Stephanie L., 7th grade

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

The book is about a girl named Flora and a squirrel named Ulysses. They have amazing adventures together. When Ulysses gets captured, they have to find each other. Recommended for ages 8-12
Stephani L., 7th grade

Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yan Mah

An unwanted daughter is hated by her parents and siblings. She caused the death of her real mother, and her stepmother hates her. She goes through a lot of pain and sadness, but she is very smart, and leads her to be very successful. Recommended for ages 8-16.
Stephanie L., 7th grade

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien

The book is about a humble lady mouse who is in trouble. The farmers are going to plow the field soon, so they have to move. The problem is, her son, Timothy, is very ill and delirious. He might die! So she asks the Rats of Nimh to help.This book is good for ages 9-13
Stephanie L., 6th grade

Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi

This book is about a boy named Crispin. He has only a cross of lead left from his mother. He doesn't know who his father is. He meets a guy named "Bear" (because of his size). They become friends over time. Later on, they move to another town. Unfortunately, the people living there are looking for him. Crispin almost gets caught many times, but he survives. Recommended for grades 6 and up
Jasmine K., 6th grade

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Mouseheart by Lisa Fiedler

Three mice escape a boa constrictor and try to find their missing mother. Instead, they find a kingdom and one of the mice is a prince. I recommend this book for 3rd graders and up.
Sanjana K., 6th grade

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

This about a girl who used to live on a ranch with many acres. When her father dies, everything goes upside-down. She has to go to California and becomes a peasant.
Elizabeth B., 6th grade

Life on Mars by Jennifer Brown

Arty, who has a space-obsessed family, has big plans to discover life on Mars. When Arty's dad gets a job in Las Vegas, he realizes he won't be able to see the stars anymore. When his parents go looking for a house, Arty has to stay with a scary next-door neighbor. I recommend this book to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.
Reagan R., 6th grade

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

George is a 7th grader when he meets 12-year old Safer. Safer says the man that lives next to him, named Mr. X, may be smuggling dead bodies. Safer draws George into his surveillance plan. Safer then urges him to break into Mr. X's home, but when George refuses, Safer goes alone. I believe 5th and 6th graders will enjoy this book.
Reagan R.. 6th grade

The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr by Judith St. George

This book explores the lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in a very interesting way. Hannah S., 6th grade

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Nine-year old Bruno's father was a German general during World War II. Because his father was promoted, Bruno and his family had to move to a house near a Jewish concentration camp. There, Bruno had no friends like he had in Berlin, so he decided to explore the area until he finds a boy his age, Shmuel -- wearing striped pajamas -- on the other side of the fence.
Jung L., 8th grade

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

In 1932, Hitler created a camp for German children in Berlin called Hitler Youth. Hitler Youth was an organization for teenagers dedicated to Hitler. Hitler did not accept Jews or handicapped people for the camp. The youth were trained to get ready for war under Nazi command. Some boys agreed to be a part of the Holocaust. I was shocked how severely a bigot ignored human decency.
Jung L., 8th grade

Ever After High: Once Upon a Time: A Story Collection by Shannon Hale

I think this book's main idea is to be true and kind. Looks are not the only thing that matters. (This book is a story collection, so it has a lot of main ideas). I like one of the stories where someone who is chaotic feels fond of few people. I recommend this book to someone who knows Ever After High stories and who likes fairy tales.
Rebecca L., 6th grade

Ever After High: Dragon Games: the Junior Novel by Stacia Deutsch

I think the main idea of this story is that people don't change that easily, especially someone who is evil. I liked this story because there were some surprises. It didn't go as I expected. I recommend this book to 8-12-year olds.
Rebecca L., 6th grade

Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale

I think the main idea of this book is that it's okay to rebel and walk your own way. I think this book also says that just because someone looks bad, or someone's parent or siblings are bad, it doesn't mean that person is evil or bad. I recommend this book to somebody who likes fairy tales and fantasy.
Rebecca L., 6th grade

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

This is a book of poems. I loved these poems because they were really funny. I liked "Smart. "It is about a boy who trades 1 dollar for 2 quarters because 2 is more than 1. It goes on and on, until he has 5 coins, all pennies. The other one I liked is "Sick." This one is about a boy who doesn't want to go to school, but then he notices it is Saturday.
Ian J., 6th grade

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

The main idea of this story is that Wahoo's family does not have much money after the incident when an iguana fell on his father's head. I like this book because I learned a lot about wild and tame animals. I didn't like that there is violence toward animals in this book. I would recommend this book to 4th or 5th graders.
Ian J., 6th grade

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

This book is about not judging people because of their relatives. Ever since people learned Doug's brother was a criminal, they thought Doug had a twisted criminal mind too. But soon, people found out that Doug's brother had not robbed any stores, and everyone wanted to become friends with him. It sounds boring, right? But if you read it, you will have a shock! I would recommend this book to anyone.
Ian J., 6th grade

Crenshaw by K.A. Applegate

Crenshaw is about a boy who has an imaginary friend. Jack's mom and dad do not have jobs. Now they are almost poor. This book is great because it make me want to read more. I recommend this book to anyone who has an imagination, especially a big one. I think that 3rd-5th graders should read this book. The only reason I read this book is because my mom told me to read it. It turned out to be good!
Ian J., 6th grade

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading by Tom Greenwald

This is a book for NON-READERS! Charlie is a kid who hates reading. This book teaches you how to not read. Charlie Joe Jackson has very sneaky schemes to get himself out of reading. The book includes 25 tips for how not to read. Explore the live of not reading with Charlie Joe Jackson's schemes. I recommend this book for 5th-6th graders
Annette W., 6th grade

Candymakers by Wendy Mass

This book is about four twelve-year-olds who get chosen to compete in the annual candy contest. They are: Logan, a candymaker's son; Daisy, a spy on a mission; Miles, a quiet, shy boy who is allergic to the weirdest things, and Philip, an ambitious, competetive boy who wants to be better than his brother. Together, they learn to trust and work together. This book is great for people who like mysterious stories. For ages 10 and up.
by Sarah, 6th grade

Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

Bilbo Baggins was an ordinary hobbit until Ganldalf and 13 dwarves invite themselves into his hobbit-hole and convince him to go on an adventure to the mountain where Smaug the Dragon lives, and to reclaim the stolen gold. They meet Orcs, Elves, Spiders, Trolls, and many others, along the way. People who like adventure books will really like The Hobbit. I liked the Hobbit because of the adventure and suspense, but there are many enemies. For grades 5 and up.
by Sarah, 6th grade

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

Louise and Caroline are twin sisters, but are completely different. Louise feels like Caroline is like Jacob, loved, and that she, Louise, is like Isu, hated. Everything revolves around Caroline, and Louise feels despised when Caroline is sent to a music school. Louise is jealous and wants to go away from home. This book is very emotional and I liked the setting of the story. People who like strong, emotional books would like this book. For grades 6 and up.
by Sarah, 6th grade

One White Dolphin by Gill Lewis

Kara Wood's mother disappears, and Kara and her father owe more money than they can earn. Jake Evan's father is destroying the reef, and Kara is in trouble at school. Everything feels upside-down for Kara, until she sees an injured white dolphin! Kara meets a boy who doesn't walk well named Felix. Together they try to unlock Kara's mother's memory stick, and save the reef. I liked Kara's strong personality. This book is good for people who like marine biology. For grades 4 and up.
by Sarah, 6th grade

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

Have you ever felt sad because of a situation that has happened? Leigh shows his feelings by writing in his diary and writing a letter to Mr. Henshaw. His parents are divorced and he wants his Dad, but it isn't easy. In addition, he's having some problems with his lunchbox. He doesn't give up. He's trying to find solutions to all of his problems. This book is good for all ages. You will have sympathy if you've experienced the same problems.
by Junhyeong P., 6th grade

There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar

"The important thing is you tried." That's the theme of this book. Bradley Chalkers, the main character, does not want to be a friend with someone for any academic things. He always scribbles papers. After meeting with the school counselor, he is 180 degrees different. The school counselor gets the other students to talk about their concerns with her. Finally, they try to break their bias. Will it be successful?
by Junhyeong P., 6th grade

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

After the god Apollo became a mortal, he must undergo a series of trials to regain his honor. The book is interesting, funny, and descriptive. I would recommend it to people who love mythology. It appeals to ages 9-14.
by Yousef K., 6th grade

The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan

The God of Chaos plans to take over the world and eat the sun. Carter and Sadie have to use dangerous means to stop him. The book is great and interesting. I recommend this book to anyone who likes cliffhangers. It appeals to ages 9-14.
by Yousef K., 6th grade

Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

After losing his memory, Percy Jackson wakes up to find himself in a Roman camp. That is where his quest begins. This book is full of adventures and unexpected events. Read this book if you love mythology. This book appeals to ages 9 and above.
by Yousef K., 6th grade

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

After their Dad unleashes the Egyptian gods, Sadie and Carter Kane have to save him from living legends. The book was great because the characters are hilarious. I recommend this book to anyone who likes mythology. The book appeals to ages 9-13.
by Yousef K., 6th grade

Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

After learning the Egyptian God of Chaos is rising, Carter and Sadie Kane awaken the only person who can stop him. The book is hilarious and makes you want to read on. People who like mythology should read this great book. It appeals to ages 9-13.
by Yousef K., 6th grade

Too Cool for School by Kristen Tracy

The main theme for this book is friendship. Some positive elements of the story are the concept, characters. I didn't like that the vocabulary isn't out there, and there is little description of where the character is. People who are popular or self-centered should read this publication. People who have friends will like it. The book is interested in how to deal and act with friends and family. I would recommend this book to people 7-13 years old.
by Katherine C., 6th grade

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

The main idea for this book is to remind yourself your siblings are very important and know they mean well. I loved how the story develops with their relationship through rough times. I loathed how the mom sometimes acted to the kids. I recommend siblings read this book and people who have friends. Ages 5 and up should read this book.
by Katherine C., 6th grade

The Selection: The Elite by Kiera Cass

The theme is to overcome obstacles. I loved that there is so much tension in the book between the elite. Although I loathed that when things are getting final, she does something that overrules that. I would recommend this book to people who like tension and competition. Ages 12 and up[ should read this book.
by Katherine C, 6th grade

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #3 by Mary Rose Wood

Miss Lumey and her children are very bored. They are longing to go outside. So Miss Lumey decides to bring the children outside so they can study some birds. Soon, the children are screaming, "Lumawoo! Ostrich!" Miss Lumey finds an actual ostrich. Where did this come from? Are they ready to go on a trip to find it? Would they find something else too?
by Kiona D., 6th grade

Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2 by Mary Rose Wood

Miss Ashton is a mess. She is stressed, sad, and also very, very, very mad. So Miss Lumey suggests she go to London. Miss Ashton was relieved to go on a trip. When Miss Lumey and the children arrive in London, they find a man named Simon. They become friends. Would they find trouble in London?
by Kiana D., 6th grade

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

The castle is able to move rooms. When Cecile's parents go out to celebrate, her older brother, Ron's graduation, they get attacked by some bandits. Everyone suspects they are dead, except the children at the castle. Who would take the throne? Are they really dead?
by Kiana D., 6th grade

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children#1 by Ransom Riggs

This book is for a person who loves mysteries. When Jacob was little, his grandfather told him stories. Jacob believed in them until he got older. In fact, he was mad that his grandfather lied to him. But did he? After his grandfather's death, he went to uncover the mystery. Would he be able to?
by Kiana D, 6th grade

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

Mr. Terupt, a new teacher in Snow Hill School, teaches Luke, Peter, Jeffery, Jessica, Alexia, Anna, Danielle, and other students. In Because of Mr. Terupt, Luke, Peter, Jeffery, Jessica, Alexia, Anna and Danielle each have opinions about Mr. Terupt and life at home and school. Everyone loves Mr. Terupt, then one day, Mr. Terupt lets his class play in the snow outside. Peter made a snowball that turned into an ice ball in his pocket and threw it when he got mad. Unfortunately, Mr. Terupt got hit and got knocked into a coma. With other previous problems added to his hit, people wonder will he make it? This book is good for ages 9 and above.
by Olivia Y., 6th grade

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War that Saved My Life is about how a crippled girl and her brother's lives are changed during World War II. Ada, a crippled girl, felt like a trapped prisoner in her mother's one room apartment. Sitting by a window, Ada watches families, neighbors, and other villagers go by. She also watches her little brother, Jamie play with his friends after school. Ada's mom beats her for her club foot and doesn't care for her, but Ada's life changed when the bombing started. That was the reason that Ada and Jamie moved out of London. This bookd is good for ages 9 and above.
by Olivia Y., 6th grade

Mr. Terupt Falls Again by Rob Buyea

Previously Mr. Terupt fell into a coma. Now Mr. Terupt falls in love. This book is about how Mr. Terupt expresses his love towards a teacher at Snow Hill School. Mr. Terupt finds a way to propose to her at school. Mr. Terupt and soon to be Mrs. Terupt decide that Mr. Terupt's class will plan their wedding. This book is good for ages 8 and above.
by Olivia Y, 6th grade

Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan

Riding freedom is a bout a tough young girl who wants to escape the orphanage she has known for almost her whole life. Charlotte's friend, Hayward, gets adopted, and now Charlotte is alone, plus, Mr. Millshark and Mrs.Boyle want to keep her prisoner. Charlotte escapes with the help of Vern and Hayward and heads for California, where she finds a new life. This book is good for ages 9 and up.
by Olivia Y., 6th grade

Sunday, October 09, 2016

The Wish by Gail Carson Levine

Wilma Sturtz, a middle-schooler, goes to school feeling forgotten and unwanted. Then one day, everything changed. Wilma was riding a train to school, as usual, when she saw an old lady standing on the train and Wilma offered her the seat she had. When the lady sat down, she offered Wilma a wish for doing a good deed. Wilma wishes to become the most popular kid in Claverford. As soon as Wilma steps into school, people start to notice her, but will the wish last, and for how long? I recommend this book for ages 9 and up.
Olivia Y., 6th grade

Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

This is a beautiful and matter-of-fact book about China's older past. It shows the wide gap between the rich and poor and how those powerful will be overturned by the poor/weak. You will follow a farmer, Wang Lung, and his resourceful wife, O-Lan, in their struggles with famine, war, and children and family troubles. I would recommend this for history lovers and those trying to connect with Chinese culture.
Sharon L., 8th grade

Son by Lois Lowry

This is a sister book to The Giver. Claire grows up in the community and becomes a birth mother. However, she becomes attached to her only son and goes off on a search to find him. She learns love overcomes all.
Sharon L., 8th grade

Mr. Stink by David Walliams

A girl named Chloe is having a tough time. No friend, a perfect little sister, and weight problems. Worst of all... her mom seems to hate her. However, a tramp named Mr. Stink helped her learn the importance of family and being yourself. I recommend this to anyone.
Sharon L., 8th grade

The Year of the Three Sisters by Andrea Cheng

This is a heartwarming story about two girls, Anna and Andee, as they help their friend, Fan, get to America. Fan is Anna's pen pal who resides in China and is a migrant worker. She dreams of going to America, and her wish comes to Anna. Fan learns the importance of friendship and education and how to balance both. I recommend this for any reader!
Sharon L., 8th grade

Murder House by James Patterson

Two people with dark histories meet to solve a string of crimes committed by a challenging criminal.
Recommended for ages 15 and older
Arnav M., 6th grade

Almanac for Kids by Jacqueline Ball

Explore the past, present, and future of the world and learn more than you need to know by reading this book. You will find this book very interesting. Do you like video games? Do you like to know facts? Read this book because it contains much more information.
Annette W. 6th grade

Big Nate: Game On! by Lincoln Peirce

This is a very funny book. Big Nate explores different sports and learns new things about each sport. Nate goes through basketball, baseball, and soccer. He has to go through these sports with an enemy who steals his true love, Jenny.
Annette W. 6th grade

Two-Minute Drill by Mike Lupica

Scott is kind of a nerd who really enjoys football. He explores the adventure of having his own football field, and also having a great ability for kicking during a football game. Scott later becomes best friends with the star quarterback, Chris, after he stands up for Scott when somebody comes to bully him. He makes a deal with Chris, because Chris is not great at academics. Chris will teach Scott to play football and in exchange, Scott will teach him academics. I recommend this book to kids in 5th and 6th grade.
Annette W., 6th grade

Friday, September 09, 2016

Counting by 7's by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting by 7's is written from the main character's point of view Willow.  Willow is a genius with no friends.  One day in class, she finds she got 100% on the CA State test and her teacher thinks she's cheating.  She is sent to see a counselor Dell Duke.  She meets Mai and Quang-Ha, who become her friends.  But them her parents die and she must find a new home.  With the help of her few friends, Willow struggles to find happiness in her world. I recommend this to readers who love happy endings. 

Grace L. Grade 6

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Esperanza is a dreamy girl who desperately wants a big house of her own.  However, currently she lives in a small apartment with her family and she is very ashamed of this.  Esperanza describes her shabby neighborhood and the people who live in it.  Will Esperanza make her dream house come true?

Jung Joy L. Grade 8

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Steve Harmon was an ordinary teenager who lived in a poor neighborhood in Harlem, NY.  He was minding his business until Major a bad friend pressured him to help in a robbery.  Told a movie script format. Steve describes his time in jail and whether or not his verdict will turn out innocent. 

Jung Joy L. Grade 8

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

This book is about a teenage girl and her story of how she got shot by a terrorist group for standing up for her education rights.  It really encourages you to fight for what is yours.  It is also a very uplifting story and I would recommend it to 5th and 6th graders. 

Neomi L. Grade 5

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

This book is about a boy named Jess, who wants to be the fastest boy in fifth grade more than anything.  Instead, a new girl named Leslie beats him and Jess and Leslie eventually become inseparable friends.  Together, they build a fortress in a imaginary land called Terabithia. Bridge across Terabithia is a great book for readers who like realistic adventure, grades 5 and up.  I liked Jess ambitious character, didn't like the ending. 

Sarah Grade 6

Running Dream by Wendelin Can Draanen

Jessica's whole life is based on her love of running.  So, when an awful accident takes away one of her legs, Jessica's world shatters. Although doctors say that she will be able to walk again with a prosthetic leg, she wonders if she will ever be able to run again.  This novel takes you through Jessica's long recovery.  While this is an easier read, the story is so meaningful and well written.

Madeleine Y. 8th Grade

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Return of The Padawan (Star Wars: Jedi Academy #2) by Jeffrey Brown

The theme is a Jedi Padawan that gets his friends against him and his bullies to side with him. A positive thing is it's fun and quick. A negative thing is some of it is comics. I recommend this to 1st grade and up.

By Joshua K., 6th grade

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

The main idea is about a boy trying to have fun in the summer. One positive thing is it is very entertaining. One negative thing is you don't learn much. I would recommend this to 2nd grade and up.

By Joshua K., 6th grade

Big Nate Flips Out by Lincoln Peirce

Big Nate is a playful book good for 2nd and 3rd graders. It can be read quickly and it is very entertaining. It's about a boy that has to be neat and clean up.

By Joshua K., 6th grade

The Fight To Survive (Star Wars: Boba Fett #1) by Terry Bisson

This book goes into Boba Fett's point of view before, during, and after the battle of geonosis while he struggles to find someone to trust. I recommend this book to kids 8 years and above and that have watched the second movie of Star Wars: The Attack of The Clones.

By Joshua K., 6th grade

Crossfire (Star Wars: Boba Fett #2) by Terry Bisson

The main idea is Boba trying to survive and make a living in the galaxy. He gets betrayed by many people. Overall I think that it is a good book. I would recommend it to 3rd graders and above.

By Joshua K., 6th grade

Defenders of the Republic (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) by Rob Valois

I like this book because it shows how close the clone troopers are. It is about a failing clone cadet squad that becomes one of the most famous squads. I recommend this to 3rd graders and above.

By Joshua K., 6th grade

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney

The theme is a boy trying not to be sent to military camp. I like that it is entertaining. I would recommend this to 2nd grade and up.

By Joshua K., 6th grade

Lunch Money by Andrew Clements

Lunch Money is about a 6th grade boy named Greg who is obsessed with money. His neighbor Maura Shaw is trying to cut into Greg's money making. The book has rich vocabulary. There aren't any negative things about this book in my opinion. I would recommend this book for ages 9 to 13. I would recommend you to read this book because of its intense detail.

By Jeremy H., 6th grade

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Cathi Appelt

This story is told by most of the characters. It is about a man named Sonny Boy Beacoup who tries to turn the swamp into a theme park. A boy named Chap Brayburn tries to stop Sunny Boy from turning the swamp into an all-out madhouse by waking up the Sugar Man.

By Jeremy H., 6th grade

Manatee Rescue by Nicola Davies

Manatee Rescue is about a girl named Manuela whose father harpooned a manatee. They find out the mother manatee had a calf and Manuela's feelings change. Can she convince the village to stop hunting manatees and save the calf? This book is mainly for people who care about animals.

By Jeremy H., 6th grade

The Map Trap by Andrew Clements

The Map Trap is about a boy named Alton who is obsessed with making maps. He has a secret folder with special maps. One day someone steals the folder and Alton is being threatened or else his maps will go public. Can he get his maps without everyone seeing them?

Jeremy H., 6th grade

Dork Diaries: Tales From A Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell

Nikki is having a hard time fitting in at her new school. Especially because of the new mean girl Mackenzie. In this book Nikki needs to somehow get or make enough money to buy a long awaited new phone. There is an art show in which the winner gets several hundred dollars! Nikki is so happy, but worried too. Will she win or will she get back-stabbed by Mackenzie AGAIN!!!!

By Sophia K., 6th grade

Dork Diaries: Tales From A Not-So-Popular Party Girl by Rachel Renee Russell

This book is about a girl named Nikki who is the new girl in school. She has a huge crush on a boy named Brandon. She wants to go to an upcoming Halloween party with him. Her 2 BFFs want to dress up as trashbags together. Her mom wants her to entertain her little sister at her own Halloween party. And her bully Mackenzie is also trying to have Nikki's dance with Brandon destroyed all at the same time. What will she do?

By Sophia K., 6th grade

Dork Diaries: Tales From A Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen by Rachel Renee Russell

The last 24 hours has been in a fairy tale, after getting hit by a dodgeball and having a PB&J sandwich stuck to her chest. In this book, Nikki Maxwell's diary gets stolen by the meanest girl in town, Mackenzie Hollister. Mackenzie starts writing and reading the whole book. While Nikki and her 2 best friends try to figure out who stole it and where it is. Will they get it back?

By Sophia K., 6th grade

No Talking by Andrew Clements

5th graders at Laketown Elementary are very noisy. One day, Dave Packer challenges Lynsey Burgess to a challenge. Girls vs. Boys: no talking for 2 days. It is not going to be easy for either side. The teachers and the principal tries to stop this nonsense when things get interesting.

By Sophia K., 6th grade

Dork Diaries: Tales From A Not-So-Happily Ever After by Rachel Renee Russell

Nikki is having a bad day. During P.E., the P.E. teacher decides to play a game of dodge ball. Suddenly, Nikki gets hit by a ball. She gets knocked out! When she finally "wakes up," she is in a fairy tale. She goes through many obstacles to try to get back home. Will she make it?

By Sophia K., 6th grade

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun by Liz Kessler

This book is about Emily and Aaron, who go to the Land of the Midnight Sun to find who took Neptune's dreams and who is threatening Neptune's power. I like that the book doesn't tell you everything at the moment so it isn't that obvious what is coming next. You would like this book if you like mysteries. If you are between ages 9-12 you would like this book.

by Madeline M, Grade 6

Emily Windsnap and the Ship of the Lost Souls by Liz Kessler

This book is about a field trip and Emily needs to go to Atlantis to find the wife of the owner of the field trip island and the other passengers on a ship. I dislike how there is a cliffhanger at the end of the book which is the end of the series. You would like this if you like spooky ghost like things. If your between ages 9-12 you would like this book.

by Madeline M, Grade 6

The Haters by Jesse Andrews

The Haters is about two friends on a summercamp of music and are filled with hate in a good way. There they make another friend and run away to do a road trip. For 5th grade and up.

by Alison W, Grade 6

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

This book is about a girl named Emily who is shy and introverted and is friends with Sloane, a wild extroverted person. That summer Sloane disappears and a list is mailed to Emily from Sloane telling her to do things. I would recommend this for people around or in middle school. This format includes flashbacks on certain subjects.

by Alison W, Grade 6

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

In The Queen of the Tearling, Kelsea Raleigh knows her fate from birth: the next Queen of the Tearling. She wants to change laws but ultimately change her world. To complete that daunting task, Kelsea is forced to use magic and become a fierce warrior: her definition of a perfect queen. This book does have a slow start, but pulls you in all the same. I would recommend this book to teens who enjoy a good fantasy book.

by Madeleine Y, Grade 8

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Celestine North lives in a society structured around perfection. If one is not socially perfect, they receive a branding of the letter F, which stands for flawed. The flawed are severely mistreated, and when Celestine tries to help one, her perfect life risks shattering. Celestine realizes what an unfair and awful society she lives in, and wants to change it; a seemingly impossible task. I would recommend this book for teens who enjoy dystopian books.

by Madeliene Y, Grade 8

Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway

When Emmy's best friend, Oliver, is kidnapped in second grade, their whole town collapses. Ten years later, Oliver returns home. Everyone, particularly Emmy, is having trouple figuring out what to do next and solve how to help Olver feel normal again in his community. While this is a story about love and loss, it is primarily focused on friendship. Since it does have a lot of bad words, I would recommend this book to teens who are at least 12 and up.

by Madeliene Y, Grade 8

Lost Girls by Ann Kelley

The theme of this book is teamwork, forgiveness, and not giving up. The main character, Bonnie, and her Amelia Earheart Cadet, along with the junior A. E. Cadet group get marooned on an island. But it's not a typical island... The negative parts are mostly when two older girls bully the other kids. The positive parts are when they forgive each other. I would recommend this to 4th graders and up. It wouldn't really match up with a younger reader's interests.

by Kelly M, Grade 6

The Land of Stories- Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer

The main idea of this book is mostly about Alex and Connor and all of their friends trying to stop the Masked-Man, their uncle, from creating an army of villains to defeat the Land of Stories! The negative parts of this book is when Alex can't control her emotions due to an evil spell. But, she manages to control her emotions and break free from the spell. I would recommend this book for 3rd graders and up, and for people who like the genre fantasy.

by Kelly M, Grade 6

Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

This book is about Dash-Dash and his family (his sister Violet and parents who are both scientists), after they were convinced by NASA and the government that living on the moon base Alpha would be great. After a few months on the moon, he knew he had been tricked. The food was terrible (I mean who eats liver and onions? Bleh!) and they had to reuse everyday water by repurifying it. Dash-Dash couldn't think it would become worse, until it did. There was a murder and Dash-Dash needed to find out soon. I think this book would be great for grades 4-6.

by Kiana D, Grade 6

Incorrigible Children of Aston Place by Maryrose Wood

The incorrigibles were raised by wolves. That's why when Lord Ashton found them in the woods in the middle of his hunting trip, he decides to keep them. Ms. Penelope Lummey was a graduate from the Poor Bright Females Academy. She was excited for this job. You see, the reason Lord Ashton wanted to keep these children was because he wanted to get "rid" of his habits. Find out in the series!

by Kiana D, Grade 6

Forest Born by Shannon Hale

I think the theme is to keep control of ourselves. This book says about some girls who can speak with fire, wind, and water. And they could control them too. The main character of this book, Rin, has an ability to talk with trees. But she cannot control them. Instead, the trees make her feel calm and quiet. Rin also has people-speaking, which lets whomever has that power to see through people's faces and see what they really think. And to command people and get what they want. Rin commanded when she was young and always got what she wanted, but the tree-speaking powers changed her. I recommend this book to someone who likes fantasy books. I recommend this book to everyone.

by Rebecca L, Grade 6

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling

A book related to the "Harry Potter" story. There's some information and facts about 'beasts.' And this book lists all the beasts known with its facts and where to find them. I recommend this book to someone who likes Harry Potter books, and who is in 6th grade and older.

by Rebecca L, Grade 6

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

A boy with a misformed body finally goes to school. He meets new people, but are they his friends? Everybody tries to protect him. But sometimes protection can destroy someone. Wonder shows how cruel some people can be. I recommend this book for readers who love realistic fiction.

by Talia Y., Grade 6

Austenland by Shannon Hale

Imagine a place where Jane Austen books come to life. In the book Austenland a girl with a Jane Austen obsession falls in love. But is her love for the actors real? Mr. Darcy and Jane Austen are forgotten, but what about trove love? I recommend this book for kids who like realistic fiction.

by Talia Y, Grade 6